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Nigel Dodds should stop making bogus claims about republicans and deal with Loyalist violence

13 September, 2005


Sinn Féin North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has criticised DUP North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds for making bogus claims about republican attacks and accused him of trying justify Loyalist violence.

Mr Kelly said:

"These bogus claims from Nigel Dodds are ludicrous. He is attempting to justify Loyalist violence. It is a disgrace and will feed into the current climate where Loyalists are attacking vulnerable nationalist communities.

"Sinn Féin have been contacted by dozens of people who are angry and frustrated that attacks on their homes and property have gone largely unreported. Across North Belfast, in Ligoniel, Deerpark and the Dales and the Springfield Road, Short Strand, Ahoghill, Larne, Glengormley, Ballymena and many other areas Loyalist are engaged in a concerted sectarian campaign of violence that is unacceptable and inexcusable.

"Loyalist have tried to suck nationalists and republicans into their cycle of violence but have by and generally shown great disciple and refused to rise to the bait. Where there have been isolated incidents such as in Derry Sinn Féin have moved quickly to resolve the difficulties. However, this pales into insignificance compared to the orchestrated sectarian violence of the past week and the summer of orchestrated sectarian attacks on nationalists throughout the Six Counties.

"Nigel Dodds, along with other unionist political leaders and the Orange Order need to take responsibility for Loyalist violence and begin to demonstrate some positive leadership. No one within unionism should be making excuses for this sectarian violence." ENDS

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